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Classic French Food in the Heart of TEDA



La Seine in TEDA is the second s restaurant bearing the name of La Seine, the other being in the Italian town, Hebei District. It promises fine French cuisine at a reasonable price, in a family- friendly setting that is much more relaxed than many of its competitors. For those with young children there is a children’s menu, as well as child seating facilities.

The journey to TEDA was long, but it was perfect for working up an appetite. We sat down to a lunch menu that is served between 11:30-3:30. I was ravenous and couldn’t wait to dig in to the three course lunch menu. The price was defiantly the biggest surprise. At CNY 88 for a three course meal it is definitely on the lower end of the price scale, without making any compromises in terms of quality.

The menu consisted of fish and meat dishes, as well as a personal favourite: Fresh oysters. This was the first time I had eaten oysters in China, and they were delicious. Chef Ricardo told me that they are brought over from France twice a week. Also available are lobsters and other seafood. All are fresh and kept on-site in fish tanks; so you can see your food before you eat it. While the oysters will be a regular feature, other dishes like the superbly well cooked Beef Wellington, will be changing every two weeks.

Snails were another example of the classic French food on the menu. I hadn’t tried snails before and I was quite sceptical on seeing them, but now I can say that they are tasty, although a little difficult to eat. The fish was also a pleasant surprise as they arrived completely boneless. I had given up on finding bone free fish in China, but little did I know all I had to do was go to La Seine!

Chef Ricardo also showed me the wine cellar. The menu is extensive, with wines from every major wine producing nation. All are reasonably priced- the cheapest being CNY 200. Bread is freshly made by chefs everyday and tastes delicious, it also arrives quite hot; another little touch I really appreciated.

La Seine has promotions on every month. For October they had a wine tasting event which featured a menu centred on a New Beaujolais wine.

Finally La Seine serves classic French Fondue on the 15th of every month, as we didn’t go on the 15th it meant I can’t tell you how good it was. But judging by the high standard of food on offer, I can safely assure any customers that La Seine really is a great place to try classic French cuisine.

Address: Binhai Sky fashion Boulevard No. 2-02, TEDA Fashion Square, Binhai New Area
Tel: +86 22 5988 6665

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